SXSW preview: Magnolia Summer

Showcase info: Magnolia Summer performs at 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 @ Habana Calle 6 Patio (707 E.6th St)
Other appearances: Twangfest Day Party, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21@ Jovita’s (1619 South First St.)

I’ll refer you back to my “Favorites of 2008” list where I said of Magnolia Summer’s Lines from the Frame, “continues on in the Magnolia Summer tradition of sounding like the perfect soundtrack to a riverfront summer concert, a cooler full of Anheuser-Busch products parked next to the lawn chair. Putting that into a musical equivalent – Magnolia Summer falls somewhere between the spawn of Uncle Tupelo – Son Volt and Wilco.”

Chris not only fronts Magnolia Summer, he also works for a really great record label – Undertow Records – that is putting on a great SXSW showcase on Thursday, March 19 at the Habana Calle and featuring artists like Steve Dawson, Ohtis, Theodore, Glossary, The Monahans, and Via Audio.

DOWNLOAD: Interview with Chris Grabau of Magnolia Summer (right-click link and “Save as …”)
DOWNLOAD: “Diminished Returns” (RAC Remix)

Magnolia Summer was kind enough to record a live performance of “To Better Days” in their studio and give it to me as an exclusive video. And, while this isn’t the live version, you can download the studio version of the song here.

An exclusive

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